The sea nymphs were known as the Naiades, Nereids, Oceanides, and the most famous of them were the Sirens and Mermaids. They were beautiful water spirits that could change their shape at will; have six serpentine arms; and had voices that could enchant even the gods who were immune to their charms.
The ancient Greeks used to say that if you heard they were singing your time had come, because they knew that you would be tempted by their songs which would make you lose control of yourself. The Sirens are said to have been located in Greece, Italy, and France and they were usually pictured as young women wearing nothing but a ribbon in their hair and a necklace made of shells or coins. They used their music to attract sailors close enough for them to grab with their hands and eat! Modern scholars think that this was probably a part of their magic because without getting eaten by a ship's captain there was no way for them to be saved.
The Mermaids were similar to the Sirens except they were located in the waters near Scotland and Germany. They too used their music to draw sailors close enough for them to catch. There are many stories about how these creatures captured men, but in almost all of them, someone tried to save them.
NereIs Nereis are sea nymphs (female sea spirits) and the 50 daughters of Nereus and Doris, as well as Nerites' sisters. They frequently follow Poseidon, the sea deity, and can be pleasant and helpful to mariners (such as the Argonauts in their search for the Golden Fleece). However, they can also be mischievous if not watched carefully (as shown by the incident with Medusa).
The original story of how Nereids came to be involves their mother, Doris, who was angry with her husband, Nereus. She went to see what kind of creature he would make her next time she gave birth. When Nereus made a living thing out of mud from the riverbank, she took it home and raised it as her own. When the child grew up, she told him that they were not meant to be together and sent him away. But before he left, she gave him a magic cup that could tell him what kind of creature she would make next time she gave birth. So whenever she had a baby girl, he would go look at the cup to find out which daughter had been born.
As time passed, Doris had more and more babies (50 in all), and her husband loved them all. But she always told him that his family was his job and that he wasn't meant to have relationships with other people.
1. sea nymph: (Greek mythology) a water nymph who was Oceanus' or Nereus's daughter. The mythology of the ancient Greeks is known as Greek mythology. Calypso is the sea nymph who imprisoned Odysseus for seven years in Greek mythology.
2. sea nymph: (in modern usage) a female fairy or spirit said to inhabit bodies of water.
3. sea nymph: (in Roman mythology) one of a group of spirits that inhabited streams and lakes.
4. sea nymph: (in English folklore) a female ghostly figure seen near the sea. Also called bridget, brownie, or gnome.
5. sea nymph: (in Christianity) an elemental woman or creature associated with water.
6. sea nymph: (in Judaism) an angel who controls a stream or river.
7. sea nymph: (in Hinduism) an aquatic deity associated with rivers, ponds, and other body of water.
8. sea nymph: (in Chinese mythology) one of a group of malevolent spirits that live in lakes and ponds.
9. sea nymph: (in French folklore) a female ghost or figure seen near the sea.